Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Nameless Urge

Every year on the last Sunday of July, many thousands of pilgrims climb "Croagh Patrick". They think they're climbing to pay their respects to "Saint Patrick", but they're really driven by the nameless urge that drove their pre-Christian Celtic ancestors up the same mountain to pay homage to Lugh on Lughnasa, and that drove their pre-Celtic ancestors up there to bring offerings to the shadowy figure of Crom Dubh. Some things in human nature never change, among them the need to climb to the high places of the world to be with one's gods.


1 comment:

Spencer Troxell said...

I just wanted to let you know that I really liked your 'Absurdism is a Type Of Humanism' essay. Albert Camus holds a special place in my heart, and you wrote about his worldview convincingly.